Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam Culture Week has kicked off in Tehran, Iran, aimed at promoting the country’s image and helping people from the two nations get deeper insights into each other’s culture.
Hosted by the Việt Nam Embassy in Iran, the festival, being held from December 24 until December 29, offers various activities taking place in Tehran, Shiraz, Esfahan and Kish Island, as well as Tabriz and Kashan.
Việt Nam’s Ambassador to Iran Nguyễn Hồng Thạch said the events will foster greater understanding between people of the two countries and boost bilateral relations.
“Culture helps build the shortest bridge between hearts,” he said at the opening ceremony in Tehran on Saturday.
Ghodrat Ali Heshmatian, Chairman of the House of Parties of Iran, noted Iran’s support for Việt Nam since the war and hailed the embassy’s initiative to organise the cultural event.
The week will feature performances of quan họ (love duets) from Bắc Ninh Province and traditional musical instruments, such as the monochord, bamboo xylophone, flute and đàn tranh (16-string zither).
Photos portraying Việt Nam’s landscape, culture and people’s lives, taken by Vietnamese and Iranian photographers, will be on display.
Andrian Jelveh, director of the film project "Heaven Is Not Far Away," which presents beautiful destinations in Việt Nam, also attended the opening ceremony and talked about his film crew’s impressions of the country during the filmmaking process. He explained the reason behind the film’s name, which was to describe Việt Nam as heaven in terms of beauty, not far away from the people of Iran. — VNS